Metal News for March 7, 2014
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Howling has released a new music video for the title track to the "Tear the Screams from Your Throat" EP, which was directed by Brad Twigg and can be seen below. The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Tear the Screams from Your Throat
2. Slaughtered Prey
3. Beyond the Fog Shrouded Seas
4. Lust for the Crimson Splatter
5. Shape Shifting Enemy
6. Unholy Communion
7. Stand Up
Israeli outfit Sheen Daled has released a video clip for "Close To The Edge," which was filmed and recorded at River Studio. The track comes by way of the band's new two-track demo, which has the following track listing:
1. Boiling Hate 05:07
2. Close To The Edge 04:23
Ohio riff rock perpetrators Lo-Pan will enter Translator Audio in Brooklyn, New York next month to record forthcoming new full-length for Small Stone Recordings.
Titled "Colossus," the offering will be mixed and mastered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, The Brought Low, Keelhaul) with art direction by Jason Alexander Byers (Black Black Black, Disengage). A Fall release is expected.
In related news, Lo-Pan recently joined forces with Tone Deaf Touring (Corrosion Of Conformity, Weedeater, ASG) and will embark upon a short stint of live abrasions later this month alongside manic noiserockers, Whores. The ten-date motorcade will include two special Small Stone Showcases in Cambridge and Brooklyn. The following month, the band will join reunited stoner rock sorcerers, Spirit Caravan, and the wicked doom bringers in Pilgrim for a performance in Columbus, with additional bouts of onstage debauchery to be announced in the coming months. More...
This week on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast, dedicated co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) start by tackling two debut releases from two fascinating Canadian bands.
First up is Ottawa, Ontario's The Kindred, formerly known as Today I Caught The Plague. Kevin explores his mixed feelings about this act's eclectic take on progressive metal, first by recounting a bracing live experience, then by dissecting the new release "Life In Lucidity."
Then Mike shares his thoughts and feelings on Montreal, Quebec's Hollow, a band he describes as an all-around "celebration of extreme metal" that subverts certain trends and defies others. The group's debut album "Mordrake" is due out this May, 2014.
Finally, your hosts wrap things up with an impassioned and informative overview of "As The Palaces Burn," the new documentary film chronicling the adventures of Virginia powerhouse Lamb Of God - including frontman Randy Blythe's dramatic 2012 legal showdown.
Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.
Finnish outfit Antipope has released a video clip for the band's new single "Army of Christ." Check it out below, and you can find more info on Antipope on Facebook here. Antipope consists of:
Mikko Myllykangas - vocals, bass guitar
Juho Rikberg - guitar
Antti Karjalainen - guitar
Tuska E. - drums
Dublin’s heavy rock music quartet, Wounds, has released a new video for the track “Dead Road." The track features Ian D'Sa of Billy Talent fame, and the new video can be seen at Altpress.com here.
The band released debut album "Die Young" late last year and is set to take on SXSW with multiple performances in Austin, TX.
"This is the first song I ever had the guts to sing, and it'll be the last song I’ll ever sing,” says frontman Aiden Coogan. “I think the world will see the emotion attached in the video and the regret and pain of never telling you loved someone while they were still around. It's a pretty literal song but its reality and the one certainty in life is death and I find that fascinating"
See Wounds at SXSW on these dates: More...
Swiss doom band Pylon has revealed the cover artwork for a new album, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:
"The recordings for Homo Homini Lupus are complete and mixing will wrap up soon so as to allow for an May 2014 release. Brace yourselves for Pÿlon's maiden voyage on uncharted musical seas!"
"Homo Homini Lupus" will follow the band's 2012 album "The Harrowing of Hell." More...
Brazilian traditional heavy metal outfit Fire Strike has a new video clip out now for "Night Fever." The clip was created by Alien Foto & Video and can be seen below. Fire Strike is:
Aline - Vocals
Henrique Schuindt - Guitars
Edivan Diamond -Bass
Jean Praelii - Drums
Brazilian metal outfit Symptomen has released a lyric video for the "Freedom War" single, taken from the band's second album "Into The Future." Check it out below, and you can hear more from Symptomen at the band's Facebook profile here.
After several months off the grid, the metallic punk radicals in Enabler now pledge full-on annihilation in 2014, today announcing a revamped lineup, a plethora of upcoming live actions, and the completion of a second LP.
Enabler today officially confirms Ryan Steigerwald as the band's full-time drummer. Steigerwald previously hails from the Chicago band, The Ox King, in addition to having filled-in as Ringworm's drummer for the past nine years, and now takes the throne as Enabler's first full-time skinsmasher since the departure of Fall Out Boy's Andy Hurley in 2012.
Having already performed locally with the stripped-down new lineup -- rounded out by bassist/vocalist Amanda Daniels and founding vocalist/guitarist Jeff Lohrber -- Enabler has also been secretly recording new material over the past few months, and just this week put the finishing touches on a second LP, which will see release later this year. More...
California "Destroyers of Rock 'N' Roll" The Shrine will release new LP "Bless Off" on March 11th via Tee Pee Records. Recorded at Eliminator Studios in Venice Beach, CA, "Bless Off" is the follow-up to the power trio's debut album "Primitive Blast."
LA Weekly today rolls out the first music video from "Bless Off." Check out the video for "Worship" below. The album's track listing is as follows:
3. Tripping Corpse
4. The Duke
5. Nothing Forever
6. Bless Off
7. On the Grind
8. No Penalty
9. Spit In My Life
11. Hellride More...
Moscow outfit Arsafes has released a teaser trailer for upcoming album "Ratocracy," which can be seen below, along with the album's track listing:
1. Behold The Hydrogen Dominator (Intro)
3. Against The Legions
4. Piranha Pool (As Borders Collide)
5. 20 Days
6. American War Machine
7. Dog Eat God
9. -Secret Track-
10. Species Selector
12. A New Way Of Creation
13. Cockiness (Rihanna Cover)
14. Far Beyond Metal (Strapping Young Lad Cover)
15. Drink, Fight and Fuck (GG Allin Cover) More...
German metal band Black Hawk has released a music video for "Beast In Black," taken off the 2013 album "The Mighty Metal Axe," which has the following track listing:
1. Arise (Intro)
3. The Fighter
4. A Mighty Metal Axe
7. Burning Angels
8. Skills of Arabia
11. Venom of the Snake
12. Beast in Black More...
London metal outfit Savage Messiah is giving away the band's last album for free, ahead of the release of new album, "The Fateful Dark."
"Plague of Conscience" was originally released in 2012 and is available now on BitTorrent, with the first three tracks available instantly and the full album available after entering your e-mail address. Get your copy at this location.
Savage Messiah's new album, "The Fateful Dark," is due to be released on March 10th in Europe, March 18th in the USA, and April 7th in the UK.
The album is available to pre-order now from Earache Records here. You can also see the band live:
Mar. 07 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
Mar. 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Mar. 13 - Pwllheli, UK - Hammerfest
Apr. 19 - Norwich, UK - Thrashersaurus Festival
May 14-21 - San Antonio, Ibiza - Hard Rock Hell Road Trip
Aug. 16 - Kettering, UK - Alt-Fest More...
Chicago metal trio Diamond Plate has confirmed an upcoming U.S. tour with Bay Area thrashers Hatchet.
The "America Under Plague" tour kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11th, just days after Diamond Plate wraps up its current five-week U.S. tour with East of the Wall. Also appearing on the America Under Plague tour will be Colorado power metallers Cellador. Diamond Plate comments:
"Back in the early days of us playing shows in Chicago, Hatchet would always be the band from California that we looked forward to bringing out to our scene the most. They even played Konrad's 18th birthday show. Years later, we're pumped to finally hit the road with our friends and bring heavy music to new scenes across the USA. The road for Diamond Plate doesn't end in 2014!" More...
Madball is currently in the studio working on an upcoming new album, and now the band has issued the following brief update:
"Day 3 in the studio and drums are finished. Mike (and Madball) would like to take time out to thank Meinl cymbals, Evans drumheads and Vic Firth sticks for all the support."
This release will follow 2010's "Empire" and the 2012 EP "Rebellion." Photos from the studio can also be seen at the Madball Facebook profile.
Swedish outfit Koloss will release the "Empower the Monster" LP via Argonauta Records, with worldwide distribution via Plastic Head, on April 7th, 2014. A teaser is available below, and the record label also comments:
"Argonauta Records is stoked to announce the signing of the Swedish sludge/post metal creature Koloss, featuring the talents of Cristoffer Karlsson (voice), Alexander Johansson (guitar), Henrik Hedberg (bass) and Oscar Siggestrom (drums).
"With influences from Neurosis, Cult of Luna and Tool, Koloss are now a solid reality with a specific sound made of dramatic, epic and heavy sonorities. The stunning album 'Empower the Monster' (digitally self-produced by the band in 2013) will see the light in physical format during April 2014 on Vinyl, limited to 250 copies worldwide." More...
French sonic alchemists Hypno5e have officially launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank to help fund a third studio album. Get all the details right here. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Since the beginning of their career in 2004, Hypno5e always kept one eye on the future, refusing to cave in to convention and coming up with a wildly ambitious but massively coherent blend of techniques and ideas that are markedly forward-thinking.
"Their 2012 second full-length album 'Acid Mist Tomorrow' was widely praised for its willingness to take chances and experiment with intriguing, dark ambiences worthy of some enigmatic and dark movie, an edgy, pummelling metallic aggression and some technical eccentricity.
Norwegian hardcore band Barren Womb is readying the release of full-length record, "The Sun’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken" for Tuesday and has now released a new song titled “Evil Prevails.” Give it a listen below, thanks to MetalInsider.net.
The new album will be released on Tuesday, March 11th via Spartan Records and can be pre-ordered now at this location.
“The soothing breeze of a lazy summer day. A newborn baby sleeping safely in its mother's arms. A moment of creativity. A glimpse of greatness. Compassion. Freedom. Love. The human condition can truly be a thing of beauty. Most of the time though, evil prevails,” says Barren Womb’s Tony Gonzahl. “This song deals with the dangers of trading values and beliefs into currency, be it money, power or any other superficial bullshit. Selling out, basically.” More...
Today, Italian black metal cult Profezia premieres the new track "Oracolo Suicida," which can be heard below courtesy of Halifax Collect.
The song is the title track to Profezia's forthcoming new album, "Oracolo Suicida," released this week on Moribund Records. The following press release was also issued:
"The long-running Italian black metallers' first album for Moribund and third overall, Oracolo Suicida displays Profezia as masters of high drama and windswept mysticism, evincing the moonlit melancholy so inherent to classic Italian black metal (mainman Kvasir also doubles in MORIBUND cult Abhor) yet here led by eerily beautiful violin. Open your eyes to Oracolo Suicida and await your fate!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Oracolo Suicida
2. Sacra Tempesta
3. Senza IL Giorno
4. Futuro Rivelato
5. Il Gioco del Parassita
6. Nato Morto More...
U.K. punk act The Exploited is set to release the special editions of "Beat The Bastards," "Fuck The System," and "The Massacre" on March 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
The releases are being re-issued with a raft of bonus content, including a bonus DVD of live footage (on "Beat The Bastards") and bonus tracks (on "Fuck The System" & "The Massacre"). Fans can watch the live version of "Beat The Bastards," taken from the bonus footage on the DVD that comes with the album, in the player below.
The Polish death metal legends in Vader have just finished recording the follow up to 2011 album, “Welcome To The Morbid Reich.”
The new album is titled “Tibi Et Igni” and is set to be released on May 30th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The band recorded the album at Hertz Studio in Bialystok (Poland) and it was produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski. Vader comments:
“The Fire was released!! The word made flesh and new Vader album - 'Tibi Et Igni' - is done! We were working four weeks in Hertz Studio between December and February. 10 brand new songs plus 4 bonus tracks are recorded and ready for YOU. Two songs in special mix versions shall be released as 7' yet in April. The whole album at the end of May.
"In April and May Vader and Nuclear Blast are preparing some videos to close up the process of work and the album itself. Be ready for interviews and other surprise until 'Tibi et Igni' will be in your hands. The absolute heaviest VADER album in the history!!!! Demons are knocking to your door now \m/”
The noiseblasting killing machine Full of Hell this week confirms a pair of impending offensives, including new tour actions and new studio documentation.
Full of Hell has joined forces with harsh noise entity Psywarfare for a special split 12" constructed for Record Store Day 2014. The A-side of the cooperative assault is overthrown by Full of Hell with the track "Thee Unsurmountable Wall." The B-side is encompassed by "The Exotic Sounds Of...," a mesmerizing twenty-one minute-long track courtesy of Psywarfare.
Just days after the split is released, Full of Hell will embark on the next phase of the band's nearly nonstop touring crusade, this week confirming a ten-city East Cost run from April 24th through May 3rd with Toronto powerviolence crew, Column Of Heaven, and Cleveland harsh noise act, Nyodene D. More...
Berlin's Space Chaser has released a video for "Waste Crawler," which can be seen below courtesy of Terrorizer.com.
The new album "Watch The Skies" is due out on May 5th via This Charming Man Records. The label also issued the following press release about Space Chaser:
"Shaped by hi-top sneakers, skateboards and cheap booze as much as they are Anthrax, Metallica and Agent Steel the Berlin based quintet have built an impressive following in their native Germany around their love of classic ’80s thrash metal and no nonsense approach to banging heads, necking bottles and starting parties in the dearth of good parties.
"Having come to the attention of This Charming Man Records in 2012 - who included ‘Thrashold’ on their This Charming Man Radio Distortion Broadcast compilation after just one listen to their self-released Decapitron EP - Watch The Skies is every pinched harmonic a winner for fans of the genre. Whether the band is keeping the tradition alive or just doing their own thing is anyone’s guess but one thing is for sure, Space Chaser are far from being your average Germanic/Teutonic thrash metal throwback. Produced by Harris Johns (Sepultura, Sodom) this is a record about alien invasions, hazardous waste and modern day maschinenmenschs rolled out against a backdrop of excellent riffs and rhythmic guitar duels, wailing vocals and chemically peddled drum fills.
"Make no mistake, Space Chaser are out to tear fair-weather metallers a new one so get on side or get out of their way. Watch The Skies will be released in the UK on 5th May 2014, and throughout the rest of Europe on 12th April." More...
The Gothic metal torch bearers in Order Of Isaz are streaming their forthcoming album, "Seven Years of Famine." Check it out in the Bandcamp player below.
Led by bassist Johnny Hagel (of Tiamat fame), the Swedish band will see the release of "Seven Years of Famine" on March 18th in North America (March 14th worldwide). Pre-orders for the album are available here and the track listing is as follows:
1. The Coalesce
2. The Blackened Flame
3. Screeching Owl
4. Dancing Shadows
6. Umbra Sombra
7. Father Death
8. Spirit (Dead Can Dance cover)
9. The Dying Star More...
Milking the Goatmachine has released a song from the upcoming cover album "Covered In Milk." Listen to the band's cover of "Ma Baker" by Boney M below.
"We simply had fun to cover some songs that have been there throughout our lives and have influenced us," the band comments. The new album is due out March 28th, 2014 and can be pre-ordered right here. More...
Early Seasons has a new video clip out now for the track "Future," which features Aaron Matts and Victor Guillet from Betraying the Martyrs and Kevin Trevor of As They Burn. Check it out below, and Early Seasons also comments:
"This song and this video is all about that kind of life we choose to live, doing what we love: playing music, having fun with our friends, skating is what we wanna do for the rest of our lives!"
Evergreen Terrace has released a new music video for the track "Dead Horses," which can be seen in the YouTube clip below.
The single can be found on the band's latest release, also entitled "Dead Horses," released this past December via Rise Records. You can pick up the album at iTunes here.
Dutch symphonic metal act Epica posted the second installment in a series of in studio videos on the recording of the new album "The Quantum Enigma" (see the first here). This video showcases the choir recordings.
The album is set for release on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK), and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.
The track list for the album is:
2. The Second Stone
3. The Essence of Silence
4. Victims of Contingency
5. Sense Without Sanity [The Impervious Code]
6. Unchain Utopia
7. The Fifth Guardian [Interlude]
8. Chemical Insomnia
9. Reverence [Living in the Heart]
10. Omen [The Ghoulish Malady]
11. Canvas of Life
12. Natural Corruption
13. The Quantum Enigma [Kingdom of Heaven part II ]
Check out the clip here: More...
Edge Of Thorns (named after the Savatage album) will release the third studio album "Insomnia" on April 4th via Killer Metal Records. The album is the first release from the German melodic speed metal band since "Masquerading of the Wicked" was issued in 2007.
Edge of Thorns was founded in 1996 by Dirk "Duke" Schmitt (voc, guitars) and Johannes Schütz (drums) in Bitburg. The line-up was completed by bass player Oliver Brück and keyboardist Lothar Krämer. From the very start the focus was on original compositions. Initially, the band focussed on the dark sides of metal, while Duke could concentrate on singing alone after the guitar duo Dave Brixius and Achim Sinzinger joined in 1998. The songs became faster, harder, more melodic and varying. Wreaking riffs, double lead guitars, catchy choruses characterize the songs of that time. Hymns like “Riders of the Storm”, “Dark Magician” or “Lost” came into being.
After several self-produced demos in 2003, the album "Ravenland" was presented to the metal community. Job and family reasons lead into several line-up changes. Achim switched from guitar to bass and Dave was then the only guitar player. Temporarily, the band was supported by keyboarder Markus Olk. At this stage, the album "Masquerading of the Wicked" was done and released beginning of 2008, receiving good reactions. The songs became more various - stamping, catchy metal songs mixed up with speedy double-bass-killers, varying vocals, hard riffing, melodies and lunatic guitar solos without losing sight of the song. Because the keyboards had an increasingly less presence in 2007, Edge of Thorns switched back to a twin guitar attack. More...
Prince Edward Island's Death Valley Driver has released a new music video for "Smoke Whip," available below courtesy of Revolvermag.com.
The video was shot over two days in November by Colin MacDonald (Foster Avenue Productions) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Loosely conceptualized off the Jim Jones Cult, the video portrays the band's vocalist Dan Hodgson as the cult leader.
"Colin really is the MVP of this whole video. His direction and vision really captured the dark lyrics of the song." commented vocalist Dan Hodgson. "The final product is something we are really proud of. We can't wait for people to see the twisted visions he came up with. He had me play the cult leader, which could have ended in disaster. But thanks to his comforting demeanor, it was something I had a lot of fun with."
"Smoke Whip" is off the band's most recent album "Graveyard Dead," which was released in June 2013 by Diminished Fifth Records. More...
Swedish metal band Facebreaker has issued the following announcement about a lineup change:
"Facebreaker has parted ways with guitarist Mika Lagrén. Things were moving in different directions and the decision is mutual. We wish him the best of luck and we know he's going to do great things in his other bands and projects.
"Facebreaker will continue as usual. All original members are still in the band and all upcoming shows will be done as planned. Stay tuned for more news later!"
Mika also commented: "Due to lack of time I have made the decision to quit playing guitar in Facebreaker. I’ve been with my brothers in the band since 2003 and we have had so much fun during these years. Thanx for all the great rocking years guys …….. Love y´all motherfukkers!" More...
Israeli death thrashers Hammercult released a new lyric video for the track "Into Hell." The song appears on the band's latest and second album "Steelcrusher," which was released earlier this year via SPV Records.
The band also confirmed a string of live dates, the first set of which is in support of Napalm Death and the second set is various festival performances for this spring/summer:
10.4. Eisenach -- Alter Schlachthof
11.04. Pontoise -- Observatoire (France)
12.04. Creil -- Grange a Musique (France)
13.04. Nantes -- Ferrailleur (France)
14.04. Paris -- Fleche d'Or (France)
15.04. Lyon -- CCO (France)
16.04. Toulouse -- Le Metronom (France)
17.04. Angouleme -- La Nef (France)
18.04. Antwerpen -- Kavka (Belgium)
19.04. Siegen -- Vortex (Germany)
07.06. Reichenbach -- Chronical Moshers Open Air (Germany)
10.07. Ballenstedt -- Rock Harz (Germany)
Check out "Into Hell" here: More...
Finnish symphonic progressive metal act Adamantra is streaming the new track "In the Shadow of the Cross," the first single from the sophomore album "Act II: Silent Narratives." The album is set for release on May 23rd via Power Prog Records. The track is available as a free download at this location.
Adamantra features Bride Adorned members Tuomas Nieminen (vocals), Panu Kiskola (guitars) and
Jukka Hoffrén (bass).
The track list for the album is:
2. In The Shadow Of The Cross
4. The Oracle
5. Angel Of Music
6. The Red Death
7. Wicked Chain Of Events
8. The Circle Of Sorrow
9. On Ember Remains
Check out "In the Shadow of the Cross" here: More...
Dutch symphonic progressive metal act Stream of Passion, originally the creation of Ayreon's Arjen Anthony Lucassen, released a lyric video for the new track "The Curse." The song is lifted from the new album "A War of Our Own," which will be self-released on April 18th.
The track list for the album is:
2. A War of Our Own
3. The Curse
5. Burning Star
6. For You
11. Don't Let Go
12. Out of the Darkness
13. The Distance Between Us (Digipack Bonus Track)
Check out "The Curse" here: More...